An elderly gambler nicknamed Long Shot poses as a deaf panhandler, and the money he collects he uses for gambling. However, a criminal gang is already using that same scam on a citywide basis, and they don't look too kindly on Long Shot cutting into their action. Written by
Longshot (James Gleason) is a career ne'er-do-well. While not a hardened criminal, he's not above some petty larceny to make a buck--ANYTHING to avoid doing real work. Despite this, he and Captain Braddock are friends and once again the Captain is trying to point Longshot to the straight and narrow. Not surprisingly, Longshot's promise to reform and get a real job is very short-lived. He gets a job working as a fake deaf man--begging money off well meaning but gullible people. However, his scam runs into trouble when a really nasty character offers to take him in--giving him a bed and some food. Unfortunately, this character steals everything he can from a large group of mostly real deaf men and leaves them in squalor. This is bad, but made worse when a young guy has been brought into the scam--and he's really sick. So, Longshot has to try to escape and find Braddock as soon as possible or else the kid is a goner.
I liked this episode a lot and sure helped by having the always reliable Gleason in the lead guest role. Additionally, the plot was both interesting AND illustrates that you should give to specific reliable charities instead of to beggars on the street. In this case, it meant a lot to me, as my daughter is deaf and I can't stand seeing real or fake deaf people begging for change and would encourage you never to give them money but instead donate to your local or state deaf organizations (such as deaf schools).
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